A few years back I began offloading this kind of resource. I had lots of them that I just didn't use. Oh sure, they looked pretty on the bookshelf, buA few years back I began offloading this kind of resource. I had lots of them that I just didn't use. Oh sure, they looked pretty on the bookshelf, but I could never find what I was looking for and most of them were never used. I am a minimalist and I have streamlined my processes.
Today we were in the Village School Teacher Center. It used to be at Dutch Neck Village, but we learned today it moved to Carl's Corner. The store sacrificed a lot of space. Frankly, teacher stores don't interest me much. They are filled with mostly stuff I have little interest in.
As we poked around, I found a $1.00 bin. I browsed through it and found this book. Unlike most of these books, I know I will actually use this book as I have a class set of The Tale of Despereaux books in my classroom. I don't read it every year; it depends on the students I have. I like having some comprehension pages to be able to pull out without needing to do a whole lot of prep work.
For a dollar, I am pleased to add this to the classroom....more
I am a huge baseball fan. This book represents how much my wife loves me. When we first met she gave me this book for Christmas (or my birthday, I forI am a huge baseball fan. This book represents how much my wife loves me. When we first met she gave me this book for Christmas (or my birthday, I forget which). I browsed through it, began reading it once or twice, but never really made much headway.
This is an interesting book. I imagine it is an exhaustive book of South Jersey players prior to 2000. It certainly seems like it. For many players, not much is known. For others, the author interviewed the former players. Goose Goslin is probably the greatest player from South Jersey. But there have been others too.
The most interesting frankly, was saved for last, although that is merely where he fell alphabetically. Whitey Witt was a starting player in the early 1920's New York Yankees. He lived for decades in Alloway on his farm. The "Errand Boy" for Babe Ruth, Whitey not only saw, but was part of some of the greatest baseball ever. Awesome!
I also found the biography of Vic Voltaggio interesting. Vic Who? you may ask. He was an American League umpire for 20 years and from Vineland. I found that an interesting read.
Lots of players from Camden, a few from the Millville-Vineland-Bridgeton area, etc. The book has lots of typographical errors in it as though it were essentially self-published. No biggy, but it took a way from the professionalism of this. I looked something up as I read it and found a SABR article that used this as a source. I imagine that is strength of this book; a reference for future research.
Each player was provided a biography. The length was dependent upon how much was known. The writing was sometimes redundant as the author seemed to use the same phrases over and over.
Of course, an update these days would have to include Millville's Mike Trout. I wonder if Mr. Deluca is up for the challenge.
A fun read for baseball fans . . . particularly those with an interest in South Jersey....more
This is a well-put together book. The illustrations are beautiful and the presentation of the poems very nice. Interestingly, the poems are a little morThis is a well-put together book. The illustrations are beautiful and the presentation of the poems very nice. Interestingly, the poems are a little more child-oriented than the presentation would indicate.
The Giant Water Bug
The giant water bug can lug His eggs upon his back. He gives them extra care up there And guards them from attack. The mother glues them to the dad, And on his back they stay. But does he ever get a card Or gift for Father's Day?
My fourth graders enjoyed them. With the title, one would think that only insects would be written about. Not so. We learned about Black Widow spiders and Daddy Long-legs. We had fun discussing what we learned about each....more
This book has been on my classroom bookshelf for some time. I am not certain where it came from. It is well-loved (falling apart). I am a fan of BeverThis book has been on my classroom bookshelf for some time. I am not certain where it came from. It is well-loved (falling apart). I am a fan of Beverly Cleary, although it wasn't until just now that I read this.
As a teacher, this is a book that is cute and sappy. Perseverance is always a trait we teachers embrace. Maggie Schultz has determination that I long for students to have.
Maggie is obstinate when it comes to learning cursive writing. She is adamant that will not learn it. This, of course, annoys her parents and teacher. Fortunately, Maggie has a teacher who is equally determined. She devises a plan to motivate Maggie to learn cursive. With the help of Maggie's parents, the teacher learns that Maggie had wanted to be a monitor. The teacher makes her one who delivers messages to the other teachers.
Brilliantly, the teacher writes all these notes in cursive, daring Maggie to read them. She does. Over time she learns enough to understand what she reads.
I purchased this at Triple Oaks nursery in Franklinville, NJ. I had taken a craft lesson with the nursery to learn how to make Russian eggs. I was noI purchased this at Triple Oaks nursery in Franklinville, NJ. I had taken a craft lesson with the nursery to learn how to make Russian eggs. I was no good at the task, but purchased this wonderful story nonetheless. ****
Polacco can tell a story. Here she spins a new spool off the old yarn of goose who laid a golden egg. Set in oldtime Russia, the babushka's kindness is rewarded. Such lovely illustrations that accompany the text! **** My students really took to this story this year. It's nice to be able to project the pages with a document reader. The students followed the tale and it was awesome hearing the gasps at the end when they realized what the goose had left for babushka!
I love when learning takes place! **** Read this with the children prior to dying eggs. Fritz liked the egg with the cross on it. Perhaps he will end up being the priest I secretly hope he becomes. Beetle read a little bit of it aloud.
Precious moments here . . .
**** The memories continue. Tiger Scouts this evening was just Fritz and me. Before we dyed eggs, I read this story to him. We really enjoyed talking about it. This is a wonderful story. "A miracle," as Polacco would write. **** 1 January 1998 27 March 2013 30 March 2013 15 April 2014...more
This is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My heavens, this was not good. This is the only Dahl book I have read to date that did not inThis is the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. My heavens, this was not good. This is the only Dahl book I have read to date that did not interest me in the least. It was contrived . . . and contrived badly.
The first half of the book placed our hero and Mr. Wonka in space. Yes, it was a bad Miss Frizzle episode. Horrid, I say. The premise of that part was that the elevator had gone into orbit accidentally and they had no control over returning. After bouncing around with knids and other things that go bump in the night sky, all of a sudden the elevator was capable of re-entering the atmosphere and was able to tow a spaceship with it. Remarkable!
The second half of the book was marginally better. The crew returned to the chocolate factory. Unlike the original text, this was completely boring. Too old, too young, too old, just right. Bah!
This is a daffy, half-assed attempt at continuing a fabulous story. Did you ever see Grease II? It was even worse than that!
I've read that Dahl began a third installment where the cast headed off to the White House but only completed a single chapter. I think his readers were lucky with that. Really, what is the motivation of a young English boy who now owns a marvelous chocolate factory to go to America and take in a dotty president as depicted here?
A waste of my time reading this. And to think, I am a Dahl fan! Ha!...more
This is a book that came packaged in a cluster of books for my classroom a couple years ago. The other day I picked this off the shelf. It found its wThis is a book that came packaged in a cluster of books for my classroom a couple years ago. The other day I picked this off the shelf. It found its way into my bag and has been sitting here at home ever since. I just read it. Pretty good.
In 1947 the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Jackie Robinson. A little boy's father became excited and began attending games with his boy rooting Robinson on. The father and son played catch, even though the father was no good at it. What is special about this is that the father was deaf. He had an affinity for Robinson since he knew he would be discriminated against just as he was for something he had no control over.
Baseball books always have a special place for me. This one is no exception. The illustrations are expressive. A solid book....more
I like Dahl quite a bit, but this one had escaped me until now. I've had it on my bookshelf for a number of years. I was hopefulPolitically incorrect!
I like Dahl quite a bit, but this one had escaped me until now. I've had it on my bookshelf for a number of years. I was hopeful to create a Dahl author study this year but that never materialized.
This has Dahl's zaniness all over. Grandmother is a PITA of the first degree! Poor little George is put in charge of her and distributing her medicine. She is an ungrateful witch.
George determines to fix her and mixes a most awful elixir. It has a powerful effect upon her as she grows and grows and grows right up through the roof . . . as do the chickens, etc.
George's father is pleased and wants to market the medicine as a miracle source of food as enormous chickens and cows will feed the world. Of course, the recipe differs in the second batch . . . and the third, fourth, and so on.
The last one makes the grandmother disappear. George and his father are content with that.
Eh. Nothing wrong, but nothing particularly compelling here....more
As I spent my days (years) chronicling the books I have read in my life, this didn't get added to the list. I am not certain how/why. I know I have reAs I spent my days (years) chronicling the books I have read in my life, this didn't get added to the list. I am not certain how/why. I know I have read it previously, but it didn't get added.
This year I had planned a Dahl author study for my students. Because of things beyond my my control, that didn't happen. Interestingly though, the schol rallied behind Dahl as it featured this story as the focus of its literacy evening. That was the impetus to read this with the class.
I like that there are differences between the book and the movie(s). Most striking to me is that the takeaway line from the movie is not in the book ("So shines a good deed in a weary world"). Dahl was a master of storytelling. The book is replete with energy.
This is pretty much a must-read, as far as I am concerned, for young readers. The original movie is awesome and should be seen, but the book that inspired it is just as good. It's a quick enough read and full of zaniness. ...more
Sometimes you just need to cut loose. That is what brought me to this book. Feeling a need to read aloud to my students, I just grabbed this off the bSometimes you just need to cut loose. That is what brought me to this book. Feeling a need to read aloud to my students, I just grabbed this off the bookshelf. I read it cold. Teachers aren't supposed to do that, but I'm shaking up my routines. :)
This was better than my initial reaction was. The rhythmic nature of the text takes the reader on a woman's reminiscence of her youth. Her mother had a "dancing heart" and led her to joyous adventures. Balanced in tales of the four seasons, this story provided an easy structure for students to follow as a read aloud. There were common elements to each season's dance that led for lively discussion.
The takeaway is that because of her mother's lessons, the girl grew up to be a dancer. That is a powerful expression for children to hear.
The illustrations were colorful and captured the movement of the text....more
This book was purchased for the classroom library through CLI. There it has sat for two years. I do not recall any students reading it.
We changed our cThis book was purchased for the classroom library through CLI. There it has sat for two years. I do not recall any students reading it.
We changed our curriculum mightily this year. As I searched for some materials for a lesson the other day, I saw a reference to this book. I developed the lesson around it and read this to the students.
The book is rich with description. Crews recalls vividly his grandmother's (BigMama) house that he vacationed at as a boy. Every year was exactly the same as he was wistful about his summers spent in the deep south. One could really feel the setting he wrote. The accompanying illustrations were equally enticing.
As rich as the descriptive writing was, there was no plot here. The book served as a wonderful example of how we can write about virtually anything, but to hold a reader's attention conflict is usually required. This provided no conflict.